Drug deaths climb in first half of the year Hardest hit was Penobscot County, which had 17 percent of the overdoses but holds 11 percent of Maine’s population. by Erin Rhoda October 21, 2020October 21, 2020 Penobscot County ranks 1st for rare fentanyl copycat drugs in nationwide analysis by Erin Rhoda October 20, 2020October 20, 2020 Brewer school board candidate was fired as a jail guard for sexual harassment by Erin Rhoda October 15, 2020October 15, 2020 What this Maine doctor has learned about addiction’s hidden challenges after 40 years in medicine by Erin Rhoda October 8, 2020October 8, 2020 Maine House candidate fostered a ‘hostile’ workplace at sexual assault agency, former staff say by Callie Ferguson and Erin Rhoda Feds allow Canadian loggers to threaten Maine jobs, Senate president says in complaint by Josh Keefe Still don’t have your unemployment benefits? Let us know. by Erin Rhoda People are still stuck in Maine’s unemployment ‘vortex,’ while multi-state leaders haven’t met by Josh Keefe Fryeburg police chief who resigned lied to investigators, documents show No one was willing to publicly say why former Chief Joshua Potvin was investigated, but the BDN confirmed that he had experienced problems in the past that, until now, have not been widely disclosed. See a list of schools we checked for radon tests Schools are not following the federal government’s advice to test for radon every five years, even though the radioactive gas is prevalent throughout Maine. We checked if 285 Maine schools tested for cancer-causing radon. Only 1 did. Schools are not following the federal government’s advice to test for radon every five years, even though the radioactive gas is prevalent throughout Maine. Maine intelligence agency under scrutiny asks for the public’s trust But officials have skated around certain questions that drilled into specific examples of the unit’s performance and activities. Portland jail guards followed policy when pepper-spraying 2 inmates with mental illness That’s the conclusion of a state investigation into the two incidents at the Cumberland County Jail. After massive protests, Maine cities try to turn rallying cries into change “It needs to be action, and it needs to be coming from people of color making those decisions,” said Desiree Vargas with Racial Equity and Justice in Bangor. Mainers with data exposed in crime center’s breach have little recourse The hack should be a lesson for those in government charged with safeguarding sensitive data, said two cybersecurity experts. Lawsuit: Maine’s largest private financiers and banks defrauded homeowners Three men from southern Maine — Joel Douglas of Gorham, Steven Fowler of Portland and James Lewis of Casco — filed the lawsuit alleging racketeering and fraud against a long list of defendants. Hundreds of records hacked from Maine intelligence agency The Maine-specific documents originated from the Maine Information and Analysis Center, the secretive intelligence agency run by the state police and the Maine Emergency Management Agency. Maine police departments now have to follow stricter rules on use of force All Maine law enforcement agencies are now required to adopt rules outlining how and when police use force in the face of resistance. Maine prisons to ease coronavirus restrictions in coming weeks State prisoners will be able to have visitors and resume jobs in the community in July, though some rules and precautions that didn’t exist prior to the pandemic will still apply. State investigating Portland jail’s use of pepper spray against 2 inmates with mental illness In one case, staff at the Portland jail filled a man’s cell with pepper spray to handcuff him. Amid protests, Maine justice academy head addresses calls to reinvent policing In an interview, Rick Desjardins discussed a federal bill that would ban chokeholds, the training cadets undergo, and the concept of policing with permission. How rules on police use of force differ across Maine’s 4 biggest departments The Bangor and Lewiston police departments, as well as the Maine State Police, do not explicitly require officers to intervene and stop excessive force used by other officers, while rules in Portland require officers there to intervene. There are no more active cases of the coronavirus at the Hope House shelter in Bangor There are no more active cases of the coronavirus associated with the Hope House Health and Living Center in Bangor, officials said Monday. Load more posts Loading… Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.